Yes, another A&P freak out post. I'm sorry.
We are starting bones in A&P Lab today. I read through the chapters we are to cover today. And my mind can't seem to stop freaking out about ALL the stuff I need to learn, all the little crevices and lines and whatever... they ALL have names! Woah!
I'm trying to re-group my head and not panic, and am trying to take it one little step at a time, but I can't even seem to figure out where to start!
I'm majorly freaked out because I know there are only 4 lab classes until our next lab exam, where it will cover all bones and all muscles. And I am desperately trying to figure out how it's possible to cram that much information into my head in that small amount of time?! Four classes for ALL the bones and Muscles?!
And spelling counts on our lab exams. No word banks. We need to KNOW our stuff. I barely finished the first lab exam, and I felt I knew the stuff pretty well, but I had to keep waiting for stations to open up, since 2 people were not allowed at a station at a time! Timed tests when waiting for other people is another cruel punishment of these hazing pre-reqs, in my opinion.
The lecture portion right now doesn't match up with lab. We are doing bio-chemistry in lecture. Have I mentioned how much I HATE that this one class is really two separate classes?! Of all the research I did before hand, I don't recall coming across a post before where people said lecture and lab were two separate classes, basically. That would have been helpful to know while planning my schedule...
I know how important it is to get a good grade. So I'm spending all of my time studying, and doing note cards, etc. But there still does not seem to be enough time in the day. :-( I currently have two other classes, and a third starts in 2 weeks. I'm also a single mom to two kids.
I've read all of the success stories of single moms getting through this, and so I felt I could do it too! I'm REALLY trying. The problem is, when I stay up late studying, I then pay for it after a few days by getting sick by not getting proper rest. When I try to sleep a little more, I pay for it by getting lower grades.
I feel like I'm spending SO much time making note cards I'm not having enough time to actually study the note cards! I'm really freaked out right now because I have SO much to try to study for the next A&P lecture test in 1.5 weeks, and then the lab exam in 3 weeks!!! There is not enough time in the day to properly prepare!
I'm not sure where I'm falling short. :-( Feeling realy overwhelmed and discouraged right now.
The most helpful thing for me in Anatomy was to copy the pictures and label them incessantly with sticky note flags. Label label label, then check your work. If your school has SmartBoards anywhere on campus, pull up a picture on the projector and you can do it that way too. I'd also draw organs myself which was not artistically 'correct' but I found that it helped me.
I had a weird little notebook full of kidney and vertebrae drawings. Hahah.
Also, they make Anatomy coloring books. I didn't buy one since it was a summer course but some of the girls in my Anatomy class did and they liked them. I've seen them on Amazon
for as cheap as $4.
Last edit by sjg8412 on Oct 3, '13
: Reason: Another suggestion. :)
Also, as far as getting through it with your mom life, GET HELP, GIRL!
I'm in a program at my school families/single mothers. I did have to sign up for state assistance, but the thing is that it's temporary. Without this program, I wouldn't have been able to come back to school. The program gives me a work-study job where I essentially report to a lab to study and do homework. We also have the chance to get an outplacement pertinent to our major. For example, I volunteer at a hospital 6 hours a week. During the day, I am at school, make my work hours and my son is at daycare. At the end of the day, my homework is done, I've studied, and I get to go hangout with my kid for the night.
There is a stigma around state assistance, but you are going to school and trying to better your life- no one elses opinions matter. It does not make you a bad or lazy person. You can either kill yourself trying to work without a college education or you can bite the bullet and get the help you need. This is such a small period of time in your children's lives. Best of luck, and if you need anything, let me know.
Last edit by sjg8412 on Oct 3, '13